McKool Smith has been recognized in The National Law Journal’s listing of the “Top 100 Verdicts” in 2013 for securing a $173 million verdict for ParkerVision, Inc. in a patent infringement dispute against Qualcomm.
Each year, The National Law Journal's VerdictSearch affiliate scours court records to compile a listing of the nation's largest verdicts. McKool Smith's win on behalf of ParkerVision ranks as the 11th largest verdict in the country in 2013, and the year’s second largest patent infringement verdict.
The trial, which was held in two phases, commenced on October 7, 2013 before Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The first phase, which addressed invalidity and direct and indirect infringement, ended on October 17 when the jury found that ParkerVision’s patents are valid and that Qualcomm infringed each of the four patents-in-suit, which relate to direct conversion receiver technology used in high-performance wireless telecommunications devices. The second phase of the trial followed immediately on October 17 and concluded on October 24, when the same jury awarded ParkerVision $173 million in damages for Qualcomm's direct and indirect infringement of the patents-in-suit.
The ParkerVision win marks McKool Smith’s 13th “Top 100 Verdict” since 2007. The firm has won more “Top 100 Verdicts” than any other law firm over the last seven years. Along with ParkerVision ($173M), these victories include wins on behalf of VirnetX ($368M); Versata ($345M); i4i ($200M); Versata ($138M); VirnetX ($106M); Medtronic ($250M); TGIP, Inc. ($156M), Pioneer Corp. ($59M); Anascape Ltd. ($21M); and Opti, Inc. ($19M), among others.
With more than 185 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Over the past seven years, the firm has secured eight nine-figure jury verdicts, as well as eight eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last seven years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents leading clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.